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Hallowell Elementary School Library: Folklore


What is Folklore?

Folklore consists of the following components:

1. Once upon a time (or equivalent)

2. Problem to be solved

3. Number 3, 7, 9 or 12 characters/events/ items in the story

4. Good wins over bad/evil

5. Lesson to be learned

6. Happy ending.

Folk tales: Add everyday people doing everyday activities

Fairy tales: Add royalty and magic.

Tall tales: Add exaggeration; funny components; larger than life characters

Popular Folklore